Curriculum rationale

The Academy’s curriculum embraces everything the students experience at school. The fundamental aim is to meet the individual needs of all students across the full ability range by delivering a differentiated and supported curriculum which has high expectations, delivers academic success and builds self-worth. The aims of the curriculum are as follows:

  • to help all students to achieve their full potential in all areas of learning and experience, through a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated according to the varying ability and motivational needs of the students;
  • to help all students secure the maximum possible success in public examinations;
  • to help students to develop an awareness of social and moral values, to recognise the existence of moral values other than their own and to respect the moral values implicit in the ethos of the school;
  • to create a curriculum that allows for progression and continuity within and between key stages and which is coherently implemented and organised;
  • to create an environment that is conducive to learning, where students feel free to adopt a positive attitude towards their education and where all forms of success and achievement are recognised and celebrated.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage Three (Years 7 and 8)

When students are admitted to the Academy they are placed in broad, equal ability teaching groups. The placement of students is decided after consultation with primary schools, analysis of key stage 2 test scores and the results from CATs tests taking into account factors such as ability and friendship groups. In the first year most subjects will be taught in these groups.

In Year 7 higher ability students will be put into an OUR pathway group that ensures stretch and challenge for the most able students.

Thereafter, as students advance through the Academy, they will be placed in sets according to ability so that students are matched to the pace of the work. Students will be set for Mathematics, English and Science within the first year.

The subjects followed are in line with the National Curriculum. These are - Maths, English, Science, French, History, Geography, RE, Art, Performing Arts (Music and Drama), Information Technology, Computer Science, Catering, PE and Citizenship

Key Stage Four (Year 9, 10 and 11)

All students continue to study Maths, English, English Literature and Science to GCSE level. Physical Education, Citizenship and RE are also core subjects taught to all students. 

The subjects which students can elect to take include Geography, History, French, ICT, Computer Science, Art, Photography, Health and Social Care, Drama, Music, Catering, Textiles, Media Studies and Business Studies. All of these subjects are either full GCSE courses or BTEC qualifications.

The subject choices are made in consultation with parents following a Parents’ Information Evening with the Principal and subject teachers. It is the Academy’s policy to enter students for GCSE and similar examinations in at least 9 subjects. A small number of students follow an alternative curriculum which may include work placements and time at a further education college.